Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Musician Duke Special in court on charge of dangerous driving

Duke Special

Popular Belfast musician Peter Wilson, better known as Duke Special, has appeared in Dundalk district court to face a charge of dangerous driving.

Wearing his trademark eyeliner, Mr Wilson (41) appeared in court on Wednesday and was represented by solicitor Eleanor Kelly.

She asked Judge Flann Brennan for the case to be put back to a later date to hear a summary of the evidence against her client.

Ms Kelly asked the judge to grant legal aid, saying her client is a self-employed musician who has three children.

She said any driving conviction would have a “detrimental” effect on his career as he travels around.

Judge Brennan refused the application saying he did not grant legal aid for driving offences.

Wilson, of Lomond Avenue in Belfast, faces a single charge of dangerous driving on the M1 motorway at Gibbstown on August 22.

Judge Brennan adjourned the case until the December sitting of the court. He remanded him on continuing bail.

Duke Special is due to play dates in America and Canada next month.

He has performed on Last Night at the Proms at Hillsborough Castle and his most recent album, Oh Pioneer, was critically acclaimed.

It reached number three on iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart in Ireland and 7 in the UK charts. In 2008 he won the Meteor Music Award for Best Irish Male.

He has said of his music: “My sound is a bit vagabondy, but it is pure and soulful, too.”

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